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super cheap/nutritious meals
    #3371905 - 11/17/04 12:44 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

this thread is for people to post recipes for cheap nutritous meals. Please make a contribution, as i am broke and starving.

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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3372026 - 11/17/04 01:07 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

big bag of rice is good when you're broke.
if you use some chicken broth from a can while cooking, it really helps give the rice some good flavor.
cans of pork and beans are good.
even a can of green beans. you can start a couple strips of bacon in a small pan, once it's starting to brown, put in the can of drained green beans.
hot dogs are cheap to work with.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3372165 - 11/17/04 01:40 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

I am king at cooking good on a budget...

My biggest and best secret is to shop early and learn how to process food.

Mark down meat is still good and often times dirt cheep but get their early cus little old ladies live on this stuff and they show up EVERY morning to raid all the mark down stuff. Look for good sales too. Stores often sell chuck roasts for 99 cents per pound. Theirs always a store around selling whole chickens for .59 cents a pound.
These things can be cut up and used to make just about anything you want.

Second is them packs of powdered mixes.. Mixes for sauces and soups are key too good meals.. Stock up on these.

Then get yourself some pasta and rice to go with your meat and sauce.

Milk and Butter to make the sauces, salt and pepper to season and your set..

Typical poor gourmet grocery list..

3 whole chickens on sale for .59 = $6
20lbs .99lb roasts = $20 and you can have the butcher grind 10lbs of it for you for FREE.
assorted packets of sauce/soup mixes = $20
Milk/Seasoning/Butter = $10

Add fresh vegetables and your set.. Nuff said..

Ive lived well spending only $100 a month on food and ate well before doing this for a few years.

Sometimes I wonder why I just dont save the cash and live like this all the time..


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: GabbaDj]
    #3372389 - 11/17/04 02:32 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

great post.
bottom line, you got to learn how to cook.
whole chickens are -great-.  you can put those in a little caserole dish with some chopped onions, carrots and some celery (the 3 basic aromatics), a bunch of salt and spices.  brown it in the oven and once it's browned and some water and let it bake.  :thumbup:!

i love chuck beef too, it may not be the best meat, but i love it.  my girl's dad used to always have a big chunk in the freezer.  periodically, he would take it out, slice off some pieces real thin and put them back in the freezer.  whenever you got hungry, he would just take out some slices and fry the shit out of them and put it with a bowl of rice.  same with chicken thighs.  he always had thighs in the freezer and would just throw a bunch in a pan and fry the shit.  he fried everything....i guess he was just ghetto like that, but it was good, cheap and always filled my belly.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: felix]
    #3372793 - 11/17/04 05:23 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

1. A pot of pinto or baby lima beans add bacon or ham and water and cook until tender...
2. Tomato gravy and steak (get the cheapest steak u can find, round steak or whatever) and 2 or 3 cans of stewed tomatoes(italian style) halves are better than diced, brown the steak add the cans of stewed tomato haves and simmer on med-low for 90m mins to 2hrs or until tender, serve your tomato gravy and steaks over rice and you got some cheap good eats... (you can use pork chops with this recipe too and it's just as good or better depending on which you prefer but i like both) Pork can be cheap.
3. Potato soup
4. Chicken is realativly cheap so is ground beef so you can do alot with those. Also pork chops can be found for fairly cheap as well.
5. Big sack of potato's for fry's, mashed potatoes exc...
6. Stew can be cheap if the stew meat doesn't cost.
7. Ghetto Spaghetti (sauce and noodles)
8. Top Ramen (not nutritious but heh)
9. Eggs can be used for many things especially with potatoes via breakfast :wink:


Edited by psilocybinjunkie (11/17/04 05:32 AM)


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3377673 - 11/18/04 05:58 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Kraft Dinner+3 crushed Bee Polen Tablets=good nutritouse fast food.

another good one is potatoes, carrots, beans, apples, squash and pretty much any root veggy.  get them in the big bags at teh markets.  really cheap and it actually feels liek you ate something.  as for putting them together to make somethign good...i dunno.  if you live by the ocean you can get fish pretty cheap off teh boats, same with hunting areas.  and its WAY better than any stores will carry!

and if you live where mushrooms grow...or grow your own...they hella good for you.

im pumped about this thread, be awsome to learn some good cheap recipes :smile:


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3377689 - 11/18/04 06:09 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

A cheap whole chicken - some butter - and some either garlic or herbs.

Pull the skin on the breast away from the flesh and put a hunk of butter up there which has been mushed up with the herbs or garlic.

Roast it - BEAUTIFUL!!


Also - chop up and fry a heap of vegetables and bacon
Cook some pasta
Mix it all together adding some cream and tomato paste
Top with cheese and bake it

Another good one on a budget

Any old crap meat
Any vegetables ie)onion, carrots, potato, celery - all diced and sliced

Throw it all in a casserole dish covered with water and a handfull of gravy powder

Put it in the oven for about 3 hours!


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Grizz]
    #3377716 - 11/18/04 06:31 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Eggs! Theres so many things you can do with them, and they cost around a dollar a dozen.

I just discovered bread crumbs in eggs this has opened up a WHOLE new world to me.


Edited by kronnyQ (11/18/04 06:32 AM)


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3382312 - 11/19/04 01:30 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Shake and Bake Pork Chops

Pork chops are relatively cheap, shake and bake is about 2 bucks a box and there is enough for 12 pork chops ( 6 chops per bag). A can of corn or a potato (made however you prefer) are cheap and good side dishes.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Irijes]
    #3400840 - 11/23/04 11:46 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

the best meals on a budget are vegetarian meals. BEANS AND RICE!


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Penguin]
    #3411904 - 11/26/04 12:53 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Lentil Chili
Boil bag of lentils, add 1 pound browned ground beef, add tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin powder. Cook for a couple hours. It's better the next day re-heated.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: andjor]
    #3422201 - 11/29/04 06:19 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

black beans & yellow rice

saute onions & garlic, throw in a can of black beans cover with water & simmer & reduce, add celentro in the last 15 mins of simmer, salt & pepper to taste


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: A3eyedfish]
    #3426218 - 11/30/04 02:42 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

that sounds ok~


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3427140 - 11/30/04 11:18 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

eat any of the following:

rice
corn
oatmeal
pasta
potatos

and any of the following:

beans
peas
lentils

there's all your carbohydrates and protein for ridiculously cheap. this is the sort of staple diet that people around the world have lived on since agriculture became a way of life. if you are looking to feed yourself cheap, stuff like beans and rice can't be beat.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Penguin]
    #3428168 - 11/30/04 04:42 PM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

Penguin said:
the best meals on a budget are vegetarian meals. BEANS AND RICE!



For real!


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: FlameBait9000]
    #3576903 - 01/03/05 11:23 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Try using your PC for something else then sterilizing, make some soup!


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: RRhoads]
    #3583951 - 01/05/05 02:26 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

The key is watching ads for really good sales or specials.

Meat mark-downs has been mentioned.

At the supermarket, you can often find lunchmeat or packaged side dishes but one get 2 free.

Potatoes, rice, beans, veggies.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #3584415 - 01/05/05 04:23 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

What I suggest is:
Rice with curry powder. Add about 1/8-1/4 tsp. of curry powder to the water your rice is cooking in, taste great..Even my kids like it!

Mix cooked white rice with spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce, add black pepper or tobasco sauce to taste maybe some pork if you have the money.. maybe mozzarela chesse.

Lots of recipes for fried rice on the internet too. Rice is both cheap and nutritious! If you don't mind the texture of brown rice, even better yet!

Find out what time the deli counter in your local store shuts down and hit them up for cheap pre-cut meat that they display in the case. The local 24hr Meijers has a deli that shuts down here at 11:30, they sell off the display meat for like $1.00 a pound because they can't set it out the next day.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Pinhead]
    #3585699 - 01/05/05 09:02 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

If you want to make cheap frozen beef good try making a stew.. ( Im making oneright now)

I use whatever cut of beef is dirt cheap.. Brown it in the PC with onions and garlic. Add some carrots, potatoes, green pepper... Sweet potato is also good, same with kiddney beans, mushrooms, stewed tomatoes all of which are canned and cheap. Top it off with some french onion soup mix(bulk area, again cheap) I can eat this for a good week, including lunch.. Taste great and itll turn ya into a lumberjack. Mix and match anything you want iv never made a bad batch.

Oh and bay leaves are key.


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Re: super cheap/nutritious meals [Re: Legoulash]
    #3587611 - 01/06/05 05:20 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Costco, Sams Club, any of those wholsale stores. Buy in bulk and save money, i have a friend that buys food there for like 2-3 months at a time.


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